I just wanted to pass along an update to the SSGT Daniel Tremper
(117th, F Co) story... it seems I have been contacted by the
closest family member to Daniel Tremper; in fact his sister is
still alive and well. Amazing! I just wanted to thank you for
passing along the information to Mark Adams who is the nephew of
Daniel Tremper. He has Daniel's 15" bayonet, knife and his foot
locker. We've been having regular correspondance. The saga
I'm so glad I was able to locate
you. I didn't include much in my original email as I didn't
know if was going to get through. Also, I apologize for sending
this to your work email, but it was the only address Warren
Watson had for you. This is being sent from my work email as
well. Both this and my home email can be used to contact me.
The advantage to the work email is that I view it constantly,
Monday through Friday. The home email is a little more hit and
As I mentioned, my Mom was
Henrietta Tremper Adams. Dan still has 1 living sister,
Catherine, in Wayne, NJ. He had an older brother, Ira, who was
killed by a truck when he was 5 years old. Dan's parents were
Ira C. Tremper and Isabelle Hempstead.
I know my gradfather was from
Nyack and came to Paterson, NJ for work. He, apparently, didn't
keep in very close contact with his family. I only know that he
had a brother, Ed, who he'd lost touch with many years ago. We
had an extended visit from "Aunt Ethel", who I believe was Ed's
wife or ex-wife (this was when I was about 10 years old so it's
a little foggy). Ira didn't even know his nationality and
believed himself to be Dutch. Several years ago, I worked with
someone with the last name of Tremper and she was from the
Tremper Mountain area. She said that Tremper was an Irish
name. Hopefully you knmow some of the genealogy.
Dan's family originally lived in
Paterson but had a new house built in Prospect Park, NJ in 1927
(for a whole $2,500!). The house stayed in family until my Mom
sold it in the early 1990's. My parents got married during the
war and, afterward, the house in Prospect Park was converted to
a 2 family. I was born there and lived there until I got
married. So basically, I grew up with Dan's parents. There was
always a picture of him in his army uniform prominently
displayed in their living room, but seldom was he spoke of.
Having lost both of her sons was very difficuly for my
grandmother. Mom rarely ever spoke of him, except in references
from her childhood. My aunt still will not speak of him or even
the war years in general.
I have Dan's trunk from the Army
in my garage, having moved it from Prospect Park when my Mom
sold the house. I also have his knife and bayonette. As
curious as I was about him, the "taboo" kept me from any real
research into his life. Since Mom passed, I brought her filing
cabinet to my house. In searching for papers for her estate, I
stumbled on correspondence from the Army to my granparents after
Dan was killed. Since then, I have been doing research on the
Internet and stumbled across your wonderful page last week.
Seeing that was gratifying but also made me ashamed that I
hadn't done more myself. I shared this with one of Catherine's
daughters who had the exact same reaction. Catherine's youngest
child is named Daniel, in honor of her brother.
What a wonderful thing for Mr.
Sanchez to feel so close to Uncle Dan after all of these years!
Are you still in contact with him?
Let me say how grateful I am to
have finally contacted someone in the Tremper family! This is
something I had hoped to do for many years but had no idea how.
It is somewhat ironic that rthis is how it happened. If, OK
with, I would like to stay in touch.
Thank you so much for the
wonderful tribute to Uncle Dan.
Mark R. Adams
I'm checking with Mark Adams but I believe it would be just
fine with him...
I spoke with Ysidor Sanchez tonight and he told me about
"The War: Soldados" which was shown in the Bay Area...
there is a 27 minute segment with Ysidor and other Latino
veterans in it and he talks about SSGT Daniel Tremper and
even shows a picture of him near the end. Very moving
piece. Here is the link... again, look for the streaming
segment called Soldados.